Staff Attorney, Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center LRAP Program 2011, 2012
As a child growing up in rural Kansas, Chas Horner saw a lot of need and injustice resulting from poverty. Now a staff attorney for the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center, Horner works to solve those problems he was surrounded with as a child.
"Experiences there continue to inspire actions here," Horner says.
He represents low-income clients in appeals for government benefits, including Social Security Disability, unemployment insurance, and food stamp. He also assist clients with housing issues such as evictions and voucher disqualifications.
As much as Horner enjoys the work, though, it's "more about who I'm serving than what I'm doing," he said. "It strikes the right balance with what my interests are."
Horner has no plans to leave public interest law.
"I think that ultimately the legal profession has shown it cannot provide for all the legal services of the people who can't afford to pay for them," he said. "I want to continue to empower people to solve their legal problems who can't afford to pay for it."